Parramatta Park is a stunning 85 hectare national heritage listed park located on the western edge of the Parramatta CBD.
Originally the heartland of the Burramattagal people, it was subsumed by European colonists (both convict and free), and used for the successful growth of food in the 1700s.
The parklands were eventually deemed too attractive for subsistence cropping and were converted by successive Governors into a respite.
Design-wise, the parklands are a remnant of Governor Macquarie’s 2000 hectare working estate that he established in 1813.
As the nation developed the focus of government shifted from Parramatta to Sydney and a determined public campaign saw the area gazetted a People's Park in 1858.
Ever since, the parklands have been Parramatta's backyard; a place where the community meets for family picnics, sports, cycling with the kids and walking the dog. There are two fun playgrounds and safe cycling tracks on the sealed off-road area.
The Park's circuit road is used for road training by cyclists and runners, including a dedicated triathlon club that uses the Park regularly.
Tucked in beside the Macquarie Street entrance is a large formal rose garden containing a rare collection of heritage and species roses.
History enthusiasts will want to take the Curator's tour of the convict built, eighteenth century Dairy building. Also on offer is a free tour of the Park hosted by the Park's knowledgeable Director, and for those interested in natural history there are Ranger led tours discovering wildlife. Check out the park's website to book a tour and for information about other community events and festivals.
Parramatta Park hosts events all year round - from symphonies and operas to movies, rock concerts, triathalons and festivals. Keep an eye on the events section of this site for news, or go to the park's website for details.
Both the ferry and the transport interchange link with the free 'Loop' bus; the route includes Phillip Street restaurants, Parramatta Station, Westfield, Parramatta Park, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Stadium, the Leagues and RSL clubs, and Eat Street (Church Street).
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